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Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) was illegally released in New Zealand in August 1997. The initial release and spread of the virus was conducted by landholders in an effort to reduce costs associated with more conventional control methods (poisoning and shooting). Serum was collected from wild rabbits throughout the Otago region prior to the release(More)
Computed tomography at military transportable hospitals was used for the first time during the recent Operation Desert Storm in the Saudi Arabian desert. Scan quality was excellent and the scans proved clinically important in patient management. A teleradiology link via satellite to the U.S. mainland was also successfully employed. The objectives of the(More)
AIMS To examine pigs at slaughter in New Zealand for the presence of Pasteurella multocida, and to determine for isolates, their biochemical profiles, somatic and capsular types, and the presence or absence of the HSB and toxA genes, associated with haemorrhagic septicaemia (HS) and progressive atrophic rhinitis (PAR), respectively. METHODS Swabs from 173(More)
Cathepsin B, a lysosomal cysteine proteinase, was detected within vesicles of cellular protrusions forming cell-cell contact sites between keratinocytes of the stratum spinosum of human skin. This observation suggested the possibility that secretion of the protease into the pericellular spaces could be involved in the dissociation of cell-cell contacts to(More)
Naturally acquired infection of humans with a marine mammal-associated Brucella sp. has only been reported once previously in a study describing infections of two patients from Peru. We report the isolation and characterization of a strain of Brucella from a New Zealand patient that appears most closely related to strains previously identified from marine(More)
AIM To determine the aetiology of a recurring and severe form of infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) in sheep. METHODS Five sheep flocks that had experienced a severe form of IKC were examined. Clinical history, conjunctival swabs and blood samples were collected from affected animals. Culture for bacteria, and also specifically for Mycoplasma and(More)